The National Coordina
tor, “Women Initiative for Transparency and Social Justice”, Dr. Jennifer Spiff, has charged youths, specifically students, to avoid being used in election-related violence.
Spiff, who stated this during a one-day re-sensitisation forum on the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, and electoral violence, held at the Rivers State College of Arts and Science (RIVCAS), recently, charged the students on the need to eschew violence during the forthcoming 2015 general elections.
In her presentation titled “Ballot with Bullets”, the advocate for violence-free, and free and fair elections traced.
The impact of electoral violence since the first Republic in 1964.
She noted that all elections since the inception of Nigeria had witnessed one form of violence or the other at various stages from pre, during and post election periods.
Such violence, she said include maiming, kidnapping, arson and murder, with the fourth Republic recording the least, mainly because “Nigerias were tired of military rule.”
She admonished the students saying that 80 per cent of politicians send their children abroad, to prevent them from being affected by electoral violence while using other youths to execute their violent plans before, during and after elections.
On his part, Mr Godfrey Achibie, HOD, Voter Education and Publicity, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Rivers State, who represented the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Rivers State, Mrs Gesila Khan, informed the students that INEC was “clamouring for free and fair elections” in 2015.
He noted that as a non-partisan body, INEC requires an independent and bold judiciary as well as organised political party system to be able to hold totally free and fair elections, in addition to having “a vibrant and well informed electorate.”
He used the forum to emphasize the importance of voter enlightenment, noting that the forum was one of such enlightenment for the students.
Also speaking, the Deputy Rector of RIVCAS, Dr Roberta Dosunmu, who represented the Rector, Dr Hillary Wordu noted in her speech that the school had taken the initiative to fortify its security apparatus in preparation for the February 2015 general elections.
She stated that students of the school have been sensitized on election-related violence and how to avoid it.
Dosunmu further urged the students to take whatever they have learnt from the forum seriously.
The forum was organized by Women Initiative for Transparency and Social Justice in collaboration with the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons (PRESCOM), Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Rivers State College of Arts and Science (RIVCAS).
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Ikpeazu Charges Stakeholders To Sustain, Improve Gains Made In Education
Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has challenged the state’s Ministry of Education to rise to its co-ordinating responsibility that will build stronger synergy amongst major stakeholders in the education sector.
He said the synergy must align with the global vision of producing children capable of being society’s desirable leaders of tomorrow.
Ikpeazu who gave the charge during a meeting with education managers in the state at his Aba Lodge identified capacity building, conducive learning environment and harmony among the education stakeholders as the leading factors toward the vision of bequeathing qualitative education for Abia children by his administration.
He noted that the setting up of the Continuing Education Center for teachers training, renovation of about 700 classroom blocks, the building of four model schools, procurement of smart boxes to enable Abia State Universal Education Board (ASUBEB) startup with the digital teaching platform for Abia children were all aimed at equipping school children for their future endeavours and enable them compete favourably with their peers.
The Governor also disclosed that plans have already been concluded to establish a Garment Factory within the year in addition to Enyimba Automated Shoe Factory which will produce uniforms and shoes for school children
He described them as motivations towards realising and sustaining high public school enrollment which the State’s School Feeding Programme has achieved.
He also reminded the stakeholders of the need to adopt innovations and technological ways of teaching that will expose the children to the current and dynamic learning trends of today’s world, adding that education is a pillar and enabler to any career which his administration recognised and adopted even to the point of formalising artisanal shoemaking.
Contributing, the Deputy Governor, Sir Udo Oko Chukwu expressed appreciation to the Governor for the immense interest he has shown towards improving the education sector which he described as a paradigm shift to the global challenge, and encouraged the education stakeholders to complement these efforts by restructuring the school system of the state.
Anambra Begins Recruitment Of Primary School Teachers
Anambra State Government has commenced recruitment of 500 teachers into primary schools across the state to enhance teaching and learning.
Chairman, State House of Assembly Committee on Basic Education, Hon. Ejike Okechukwu disclosed this at the House of Assembly complex in Awka during an interactive session between the committee and Head Teachers in Aguata Local Government Education Authority.
He explained that the recruitment exercise would fill the gap created by primary school teachers who had retired from active service and improve the standard of primary education in the state.
He assured that all challenges outlined by the Head teachers hindering the progress of primary schools across the state would be tackled to the barest minimum to ensure the upliftment of education standard in the state.
Okechukwu encouraged the teachers to remain dedicated to duty and shun all forms of sharp practices that could portray the state in bad light.
Reacting, Education Secretary, Aguata Local Government Education Authority, Lady Ijeabalum Obi commended government’s performance in education sector.
She explained that the meeting offered the teachers and the committee the opportunity to brainstorm on ways to sustain the state’s legendary performance in education and tackle issues bordering on teachers welfare.
In a vote of thanks, Mrs. Ebere Nwankwo from Eziagulu Primary School, Ekwulobia appreciated the committee for living up to expectations, pledging the teachers’ preparedness to follow the lawmakers’ directives.
Educationist Wants Early Introduction Of Art To Learners
Director of Studies at Pampers Private School and Rainbow College, Dr. Olayinka Oduwole, has said Art should be introduced to children in the early years as it aids physical, cognitive, and behavioral developments.
Oduwole in a statement made available to The Tide, said Art was a creative expression that nurtures the imagination and allows children to externalise their feelings.
To celebrate Children’s Day this year and improve learners artistic skills, he said the learners of Pampers Private Schools and Rainbow College published a joint e-book titled, “A Collection of Stories by Pampers Private School and Rainbow College.”
“Through painting, sculpture, collage, music, dancing, acting, clay, drawing, or any other medium, art is a way for children to work through emotions, make decisions, and express their ideas. It should be introduced to children in the early years to aid physical, cognitive, and behavioral development. When children work together on art projects, they interact and share with their peers. This collaborative work promotes social learning.”
He explained that children who performed arts regularly had been noticed to control their emotions and expressed the same in productive ways.
“Manipulating art materials provides children with a sense of freedom while encouraging focus and concentration, this informs the rationale for the promotion of art education and creativity as the bedrock of Rainbow College curriculum plan and implementation,” he said.
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